A decade ago, people thought LEDs were just tiny lights found on remote controls or pocket calculators. Today, most know the benefits of using LED technology and how it can help save on energy costs. Compared to incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, an LED light bulb does not emit heat and uses just a fraction of the energy. In addition, LED lights are compact and flexible, which makes them ideal for a variety of uses.
From LED-imbedded contact lens to LED lamps for indoor farms, here are some of the different uses of LED lighting:
Bionic contact lens
The stuff of science fiction, things like “bionic” contact lenses are now becoming a reality. Researchers are now developing contact lenses which allow its user to watch video streaming or read emails on their retinas. These lenses feature a micro-LED imbedded into a transparent sapphire chip. With this technology, users can receive data, real-time notifications or view augmented reality applications without the aid of mobile devices. In the future, bionic contact lenses can be used to monitor blood pressure, glucose levels and intraocular pressure. It is the ultimate form of wearable computing.
Lighting is an important part of interior design as it helps enhance a space and create the proper mood. Architects and interior designers are now using luminous wallpaper to bring the right atmosphere in any space with ambient lighting. LED lights are integrated into the textile panel to create ambiance for any space and function. With a wide spectrum of colours to choose from, the right mood and atmosphere can be achieved with this innovative LED lighting technology.
Capturing sunlight in a bottle
Capturing sunlight in a bottle may sound like a myth for many but it possible. Consol, a South African glass manufacturing company, had an idea of transforming a traditional mason jar into a solar-powered lamp. Called a Solar Jar, its lid has four LED bulbs which are powered by solar panels on its lid. Place the Mason jar under the sun during the day and switch it on at night. It emits a soft glow which lasts up to six hours. Instead of using kerosene-fuelled lamps, a Solar Jar is a better and more sustainable alternative.
LED lamps for indoor farming
Vegetables grown in indoor farms can now be produced at an industrial scale, thanks to LED technology. They produce higher yields with shorter growth cycles at any given climate. Compared to traditional high-pressure sodium lamps or HPS, LED lamps are more energy-efficient and cooler. Around 50 percent of these lamps energy is transformed into usable light and they can be placed close to the plants. A lettuce farm in Japan using LED fixtures can produce up to 10,000 lettuce heads per day. LED lamps for indoor farming is the future of agriculture.
LED lighting has gone beyond device indicators or home lighting fixtures. It is helping revolutionise the agriculture industry, wearable technology and providing light to places outside the power grid. Its uses are many and LED lighting is the technology of the future, so why not join the future today?